Two free kicks and a full volley: Notable EPL goals from September 21
Today's slate of EPL games might not have screamed excitement at first glance, but by the end of the day there were certainly plenty of reasons to yell.
Leighton Baines was responsible for at least two of those reasons in Everton's 3-2 win at West Ham United. The Englishman looks ready to take over Gareth Bale's role as the EPL's resident freekick sniper at left back (albeit one that actually still plays left back), after scoring two beautiful set-piece goals from just outside the box in the victory. Here's the one that knotted the scores at one in the 62nd minute:
And here's the one that leveled things at two after West Ham's Mark Noble converted a spot kick. In a cruel twist of fate, it was Noble's foul and subsequent red card that set up Baines for yet another equalizer. This one was a little less powerful than the first, but it counts all the same.
Romelu Lukaku would add the winner in the 85th minute, just two minutes after Baines' second strike.
The rest of Merseyside was left screaming for opposite reasons, as top-of-the-table Liverpool fell at home 1-0 to Southampton. Croatian defender Dejan Lovren scored the game's only goal, a header that looks basic until you realize he was basically wearing Daniel Agger like a fur coat at the time the ball came to him.
Closer to the middle of the table, Hull City brought Newcastle's run of good result to a grinding halt with a 3-2 win at St. James' Park. Loic Remy scored both goals for the Magpies, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Sone Aluko, who put Hull in front with this rocket on the full volley in the 76th minute (video here):
Hull City sit a surprising 10th in the EPL table with seven points from five games while Newcastle sit just behind them in 11th.
Elsewhere, Jozy Altidore's Sunderland slumped to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at West Bronwich Albion -- a team that until today had yet to win a game in the EPL. Now it's Sunderland that stands alone as the league's lone winless squad, a fact that isn't sitting well with supporters.
Luckily, they have a manager in Paolo Di Canio that is willing to meet that criticism head-on. Literally.
Altidore entered the match as a 59th-minute substitute but had little impact.
In the day's late kickoff, Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0 thanks to goals from Oscar (take THAT, Juan Mata!) and John Obi Mikel.
....wait, John Obi Mikel? Really? The same guy that has scored exactly zero Premier League goals entering into his eighth season with Chelsea? Yeah, gonna need to see some evidence here.
Not half bad, actually. It only took 12,875 minutes to happen. In the day's early kickoff, Aston Villa won 1-0 away at Norwich City. American Goalkeeper Brad Guzan did a pretty good job.